Friday, September 23, 2022

Libra Season

"The Sign of Justice but also a little flaky"

Libra (September 23 - October 22)


Today officially starts Libra season (unofficially AKA the Best season of the Zodiac).  

Libra (♎︎) is the seventh astrological sign in the zodiac. It spans 180°–210° celestial longitude. The Sun transits this sign on average between September 23 (September equinox) and October 23. The symbol of the scales is based on the Scales of Justice held by Themis, the Greek personification of divine law and custom.  She became the inspiration for modern depictions of Lady Justice. The ruling planet of Libra is Venus.  Libra is the only zodiac sign that is represented by an object; with the other eleven signs represented by either an animal or mythological character..  

Libra is the cardinal modality of the three air signs, the others being Gemini and Aquarius. The main connotations of planets under this sign are sociable, rational, and detached when dealing with situations. Libra is symbolized by the scales and is associated with the Roman deity Iustitia. According to the writer Manilius, Roman judges are born under the sign of Libra.

The Moon was said to be in Libra when Rome was founded and this was based on the historical passage, which state "qua condita Roma."  Everything was balanced under this righteous sign.[citation needed] Manilius once said that Libra was the sign "in which the seasons are balanced". Both the hours of the day and the hours of the night match each other.[citation needed] Thus why the Romans put so much trust in the "balanced sign".[8] Going back to ancient Greek times, Libra the constellation between Virgo and Scorpio used to be ruled over by the constellation of Scorpio. They called the area the Latin word "chelae", which translated to "the claws" which can help identify the individual stars that make up the full constellation of Libra, since it was so closely identified with the Scorpion constellation in the sky.



Libra Personality Traits (some accurate, some not so much)

Libra is an air sign represented by the scales (interestingly, the only inanimate object of the zodiac), an association that reflects Libra's fixation on balance and harmony. Libra is obsessed with symmetry and strives to create equilibrium in all areas of life. These air signs are the aesthetes of the zodiac: Ruled by Venus, the planet that governs love, beauty, and money, Libras adore high art, intellectualism, and connoisseurship. Suave Libras need to surround themselves with stunning objects and create environments that reflect their exquisite tastes. Accordingly, these air signs make excellent designers, decorators, art critics, and stylists.

Libra's are extroverted, cozy and friendly.  Libra's like the scales that symbolize the sign and are often concerned with attaining balance, harmony, peace and justice in the world.  With their vast stores of charm, intelligence, frankness, persuasion and seamless connectivity, Libra's are well equipped to do so.  They might be a little too easy-going and laid-back some times.  But, usually, they are typically dedicated works and leaders in their area.  They excel in "peacekeeping" professions because they have the rare ability to perceive all sides of an argument.  

Libra is an air sign and Libras are noted for their desire to be in the company of others.  Libras are extremely agreeable and honest who believe strongly in the importance of social connections.  Libras are among the most fascinating and intelligent individuals on the planet and they have a lot to give.  Libras are recognized for their charm, beauty and well-balanced personalities.  They enjoy putting things in order and making them seem nice.  They are also looking for a sense of balance and they mabe as self-indulgent as they are kind.   They carefully select their words in order to reach out to as many individuals and possible.  Libras have a strong sense of right and wrong.  They are committed to ensuring that every is heard and that things are balanced.  Particularly when it comes to group activities.  

Libra's desire for harmony might get in the way.  They'll spend hours evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of even the most minor actions.  They try to satisfy every one and this is often misconstrued as indecisiveness.  

Libra is a cardinal sign, which means Libras are accordingly great at launching new initiatives. However, because Libras consider multiple perspectives in all pursuits, these air signs struggle with indecision. Instead of constantly seeking outside perspectives, Libras would do well to develop (and trust) their own intuition. Their characteristic ambivalence aside, Libras can navigate virtually any social situation, effortlessly resolving conflicts by simply turning on the charm.


Libras in Love

While Libra's opposite sign, Aries, represents "me," Libra symbolizes "we." Relationships are paramount for Libras, who find balance in companionship. They love harmonious partnerships with fashionable mates, especially those who make attractive arm candy. (Libra governs the skin, and these air signs are highly motivated by physical appearance. There's no better way for a Libra to relax than with a luxurious face mask.)

Libras, when they are regularly coupled, must be careful about seeking attention outside the agreed-upon boundaries of their relationship. Since they try to keep everyone happy and engaged, they may find themselves tempted to push the limits of their agreements with their partners. People-pleasing Libras must remember that the happiness of their loved ones and the health of their relationships is more important than maintaining the attention of distant admirers.

Libra is represented by the scales, and these air signs strive for harmony in all relationships. When it comes to sex, Libra lovers appreciate a highly reciprocal dynamic. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of aestheticism, and Libras tend to treat their partners like works of art, adoring both their bodies and minds. Libras value refined sensuality, so even the most flirtatious among them may insist on keeping the intimacy within the bedroom (fiery bathroom trysts are a little too crass for these elegant lovers).


Famous Libras

Celebrity Libras include Kim Kardashian, Will Smith, Barbara Walters, Bruno Mars, Michael Douglas and his beautiful wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Jackman, funnyman Zach Galifianakis, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews, Bruce Springsteen, Olivia Newton John, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Eminem, John Mayer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Matt Damon, Ryan Renolds, Gwen Stefani, Zac Efron, Kate Winslet Serena Williams, Hilary Duff, Fran Drescher, John Krasinski, and Sting.  


Coming Up for Libras

On Thursday, August 25, chatty Mercury enters the sign, where it will stay through Saturday, October 29. Mercury is the messenger of the gods, darling Libra. The planet rules communication, and of course, is responsible for those pesky Mercury retrogrades. But when Mercury is in your sign, communication flows easily. Use these weeks to tackle conversations you've been avoiding, such as defining the relationship or asking for a raise. You're the sign of justice, Libra, but you're also an air sign heartbreaker who can be a little flaky and flirts nearly as much as a Gemini. Important romantic conversations happen naturally during this time, but you have to do your part, too. To get the clarity you crave in your personal life, cut off any extra flings.  

The sun enters the sign on Thursday, September 22. Happy birthday!  Make sure to treat yourself to some new makeup, and pair that glitter eyeshadow with your favorite party dress. It's your season and your responsibility to celebrate. Sunday, September 25, brings a new moon in your sign, Libra. As mentioned earlier, new moons mark fresh starts. As a result, it's the perfect weekend to throw a birthday dinner and have a dance party (while remembering pandemic safety protocols.) Birthdays are an excellent time to assess your life and see what improvements will make you even happier. Use this new moon and birthday weekend to identify desires and write down a list of intentions.   

Venus comes home to this sign on Thursday, September 29, where it will stay until Sunday, October 23. Pull out that list of intentions, Libra, because the stars want to sprinkle your life with abundance. Because you may receive financial blessings during this month, it's a great time to consider working with a financial advisor, or even make a proper budget. Money could be coming your way, but you don't want to burn through it. As your birthday reminds you, you're growing up, and it's time to act like an adult. 

Messenger Mercury enters Libra on Monday, October 10, staying in your sign through Saturday, October 29. This helps you find the right words in difficult conversations. In particular, because lover planet Venus is also in your sign during most of this time, your romantic relationships mature during this time. Talk about moving in together, opening up your relationship, or even marriage during this time. Consider working with a therapist to make sure that you nail these talks. As the sign of partnerships, you deserve to have everything you want, Libra.

Ceres enters your sign on Saturday, December 18. It will stay in Libra through the end of the year. Ceres is an astrologically-important asteroid that rules nurturing, food, and even grief. While Ceres is in your sign, you're asked to get in touch with all of those emotions that you've been tucked away and compartmentalizing. If you're still getting over a breakup or the loss of a job or a loved one, the end of 2022 sees you finally working through those emotions. Trust the stars, Libra. You'll feel so much healthier after you allow yourself to process your feelings. Stay safe, and see you next year!  


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

2022 Emmys

The Emmys were back last night and while I didn't actually watch the awards portion of the show, I'm always about the red carpet fashion!

Let's start with the stars of Yellowjackets:

Ella Purnell 
Simple, Sexy, love the color.  
I think she could use an accessory or two . . . maybe a thick bangle or an arm wrap.  

Sophie Thatcher
I like this.  
It's youthful, interesting color.  
I think the girls need a bit of a lift though.  

Melanie Lynkskey
The top half of this pic is an A+++.  
It's old Hollywood glamour -- the hair, the bodice, the jewels.  
And then we get to the bottom half.  
Melanie is so curvy and all woman.  Maybe a mermaid or trumpet bottom?

Sammi Hanratty
This gown is sweet, I like the color.  
I bet it has pockets.  

Liv Hewson
I'm kinda diggin' this.  
The cut and color look good, the shoes, her hair.  It's fun and a little badass.  

Christina Ricci
I love her in a bob with bangs but feel like we've seen this silhouette from her before.


I'm going to call this next category "The Next Generation."  Some of them understood the assignment, some of them need a tutor (or a stylist):  

Dakota Fanning 
This is so beautiful on Dakota. 
I love the structure of this gown and the hint of color against her skin.  
However, she would have looked positively regal if her hair was in an updo!  

Issa Rae
This gown looks gorgeous on Issa!  
She didn't over do it -- her hair, makeup and accessories are perfect!

Zendaya
The current Princess of the Red Carpet and definitely the Heir Apparent.  
What an incredible sense of style.  
She can do no wrong.  

Selena Gomez
Selena looks fantastic.  
I just can't figure out the earrings.  

Amanda Seyfriend
She looks fabulous!  
This color is gorgeous on her pale skin.  
Accessories, hair and make-up are perfect!

Julie Garner
This would have been an A+++ for me but she lost me at the belly button cut-out.  
From the waist up she looks so fierce and beautiful, very sexy and confident and the gown has an old Hollywood feel that I love.  
Her hair and make-up are on point.  
The length is perfect and I love the shoes!  

Ayo Edebiri
Super cute and yourthful!  Great color choice and I love the bow details and cape!

Rachel Brosnahan
Another fun and youthful choice.  
Great color and I love the detailing.  
Perfect jewelry choice as well.  

Naz Perez
There are a lot of great details going on here:  the accent on her shoes, her jewelry, the silhouette, the overlay.
The styling is very well done.  

Kaitlyn Dever
I love, love, love this gown but I don't love, love, love it on her.  
Maybe a bit too mature?  
Maybe some fun accessories like some great earrings or a fantastic ring?  

Lily James
I don't feel one way or another about this.  
Not sure how Pamela would feel either.
Maybe if she switched gowns with Kaitlyn Dever, it would remind people of a Baywatch swimsuit.  


Coming up next is our Experienced group of ladies.  This is not their first rodeo or first time on the red carpet and honestly, some of them should have known better.  

Molly Shannon
Very clean lines, her hair and make-up look great!  
The tie at the waist is perfect.  

Caroline Aaron
This is cute and fun!  
I'd totally wear this with some hoop earrings and rhinestone strappy heels.  
I'll bet it has pockets.  

Connie Britton
Everyone loves a cape!  So fun!

Hannah Waddingham
She was wearing sneakers under this gown.  
She must be extremely tall!
Do you think this gown has pockets?  

Cherien Dabis
I love everything about this from top to bottom!  

Kaley Cuoco
This.  Is.  A.  Hot.  Mess.  
There.  I said it.  

Juno Temple
This is just a simple, LBD.  
A different hairstyle and some great statement pieces of jewelry could have elevated this whole look.   

Patricia Arquette
This is quite lovely on her.  
Simple, elegant, clean lines.  

Sandra Oh!
I'm not going to lie.  I love this!  
I mean, purple.  
Sparkles.  Satin.  
Purple sparkles and purple satin.  
It's a total win-win!  

Kerry Washington
There is a lot going on here.  
I like the dress a lot but the hosiery and shoes and hair take a way from it.  

Jean Smart
She looks so glamorous and age appropriate.  
I love the accent at the waist. 

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett always looks good.  This is a great color and shape on her.  
Clearly the drape at the waist was a "thing" at this year's Emmy's.  

Vanessa Bayer
This is showing up as a simple, almost flowered patterned frock, but I think it was all sequins IRL.  This photo may be a bit deceiving.  

Paula Paulson
One of the greatest, underrated actresses of our generation and she's dressed in a dentist's bib.  
I don't get it.  

Reese Witherspoon
She's so boring.  
Bless her heart. 

Rosario Dawson
This is another one of those "I love half of the dress" kind of situations.  
I love the sleeves, the color, the fabric choices and the skirt.  
There's something off about that bodice.  

Laverne Cox
I love Laverne Cox but this just isn't doing anything for me.  

Laura Linney
Another incredible actress who left the house in a dentist's bib.  
Although this bib isn't near as bad as Paula Paulson's.  
I like the turtleneck.  I like the fabric and the color combination.  Love her hair.  
I don't care for the ruffles up top.  

Mindy Khaling
This color is so beautiful on Mindy.  
Her hair and make-up look fabulous.  


Saturday, September 3, 2022

What Are You Celebrating Today???

I love to go on www.nationaldaycalendar.com at the beginning of each month to see what we're celebrating during the upcoming days.  Did you know that September is:

  • Better Breakfast Month
  • Classical Music Month
  • Fall Hat Month (makes sense!)
  • Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (and since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, why not book your gyno appoint now?)
  • Little League Month (weird, the Little League World Series is held every August in Williamsport, PA) 
  • International Update Your Resume Month
  • National Square Dance Month (brings back memories of 5th grade gym class)
  • National Blueberry Popsicle Month
  • National Chicken Month (I need more specifics please . . . the animal?  the dish?  the game you play in the pool on top of someone's shoulders?  the scary game people play on dark roads in a car?)
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • National Courtesy Month (honestly, this should be celebrated every day)
  • National Honey Month
  • National Italian Cheese Month (quick!!  name your favorite Italian cheese!  Mine would have to be mozzarella.  It's definitely the versatile of all the Italian cheeses!)

  • National Library Card Sign-Up Month
  • National Mushroom Month
  • National Piano Month
  • National Potato Month (always makes me think of the scene between Sam and Gollum in The Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers -- Sam: What we need is a few good taters.  Gollum: What's taters, precious? What's taters, eh?  Sam: Po-tay-toes!* Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew... Lovely big golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish.
  • National Rice Month 
  • National Suicide Awareness Month
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Prostate Health Month
  • Save Your Photos Month (I use www.Chatbooks.com to preserve my memories!)  
  • Self Improvement Month
  • International Sourdough Month (we seem to celebrate a lot of carbs in September!)
  • Whole Grains Month

Whatever you decide to celebrate, have fun and be safe!  

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Quarters

Since we haven't been using traditional currency since the pandemic, I had no idea the US mint would begin circulating quarters honoring five women this year as part of a four-year series celebrating contributions women have made to the United States. 

The American Women Quarters Program is a four-year program that celebrates the accomplishments and contributions made by women to the development and history of our country.  Beginning in 2022 and continuing throughout 2025, the US Mint  will issue up to five new reverse designs each year.  The obverse of each coin will maintain a likeness of George Washington but it is different from the design used during the previous quarter program.  

The obverse of each American Women Quarters coin will feature a portrait of George Washington facing right, originally composed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser. It was the recommended design for the 1932 quarter to mark Washington’s 200th birthday, but then-Treasury Secretary Mellon ultimately selected the left-facing John Flanagan design.

Laura Gardin Fraser was one of the most prolific women sculptors of the early 20th century. She designed the Alabama Centennial Half Dollar in 1921, becoming the first woman to design a U.S. coin. The Mint used her George Washington design on a 1999 gold commemorative coin marking the 200th anniversary of Washington’s death.

Among the diverse group of women being honored are a celebrated poet and civil rights activist, the first American woman in space, the first Chinese American movie star, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation and the first woman to serve as superintendent of the Santa Fe public schools.

"Each time we redesign our currency, we have the chance to say something about our country — what we value, and how we've progressed as a society. I'm very proud that these coins celebrate the contributions of some of America's most remarkable women, including Maya Angelou" said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who had final approval over the choices.

The women being honored were selected following an expansive selection process. Last year, the National Women's History Museum website launched a portal allowing people to submit names of women they would like to see honored. More than 11,000 names were submitted in four months. 

The recommendations served as part of the list the mint, working with other groups such as the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, National Women's History Museum and Congressional Bipartisan Women's Caucus, considered when looking for potential honorees. 

The goal is for quarters to feature women who have made contributions in a variety of fields including suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space and the arts. The effort also aims to select women from racially, ethnically and geographically diverse backgrounds. No living woman can be selected.

The first quarters to be shipped in 2022 will feature writer and poet, performer and activist Maya Angelou. Angelou rose to prominence with her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." She went on to publish more than two dozen best-selling works including poetry, fiction and nonfiction. 

In 1993, Angelou read "On the Pulse of Morning" at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, making her the first African American and woman to recite poetry at a presidential inauguration. 

As an activist, Angelou served as a coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Angelou also appeared in plays on and off-Broadway. 


Quarters featuring the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, began circulating in February. 

In 1983, Ride was aboard the shuttle Challenger for its six-day mission in space, making her the first woman and, at 32, the youngest American in space at the time. It was the first of two flights into space aboard the shuttle for Ride, who left NASA in 1987.

Ride went on to focus her career on educating young people, co-authoring six science books, as well as launching an organization focused on inspiring young people in STEM. 

She died of cancer in 2012.


Quarters featuring the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation and women's rights activist Wilma Mankiller will begin circulating this spring. 

Mankiller founded the Community Development Department for the Cherokee Nation, which focused on improving housing and water. In 1983, she was named running mate in the re-election bid of Principal Chief Ross Swimmer. The win made her the first woman elected deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation. 

She was elected chief in 1987 and left office in 1995. In 1998, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Quarters with Nina Otero-Warren will be distributed this summer. 

Otero-Warren was a leader in New Mexico's suffrage movement, spearheading efforts for the state to ratify the 19th Amendment recognizing women's right to vote.

During her efforts, she insisted literature be published in English and Spanish. Otero-Warren was also the first woman to serve as superintendent of the Santa Fe public schools from 1918 to 1929, where she advocated for both Spanish and English in schools, despite an English-only federal mandate. She also was a critic of the government's Indian school system, advocating for better conditions.


The final quarter as part of this year's series features Anna May Wong, considered the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood. Wong appeared in more than 60 movies, including one of the first films made in Technicolor, achieving international recognition. In 1951, she was also the first Asian American to lead a U.S. television show. Through her films, public appearances and prominent magazine features, she helped to humanize Chinese Americans to mainstream American audiences during a period of intense racism and discrimination. 


Over the next four years, the mint will continue to meet with partners to decide on potential honorees. There are several more steps to finalize the recommendations before they are sent to the Treasury Secretary for approval. 

The legislation creating the program in commemoration of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote was introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California in 2019 and passed in 2020. It was signed into law in January 2021.

2023 American Woman Quarters to be released are:

Bessie Coleman – first African American and first Native American woman pilot

Edith Kanakaʻole – indigenous Hawaiian composer, chanter, dancer, teacher, and entertainer

Eleanor Roosevelt – first lady, author, reformer, and leader

Jovita Idar – Mexican American journalist, activist, teacher, and suffragist

Maria Tallchief – America’s first prima ballerina

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Coastal Grandmother

By now you've probably heard about what Vogue.com has considered "the hottest trend for summer" -- the coastal grandmother aesthetic. Who, or what, is a coastal grandmother you ask?   Well, just about anybody!  I'm not a grandmother yet (I'm looking at you Taylor and John) but I definitely have a bit of coastal grandmother in me!  



The coastal grandmother is all about seeking joy in the little things in life and having incredible taste. If you're a fan of Nancy Meyers movies—such as The Holiday and The Parent Trap remake—as well as breathable linen and Barefoot Dreams blankets, you could already be living the coastal grandmother aesthetic without realizing it.  The trend combines everything that gives off chic coastal vibes — from beachy and easy-to-wear clothing to cedar-shingled homes on the water, Ina Garten recipes and Nancy Meyers movies.

Leisurely walks in a sun-blocking hat, fresh flowers on the kitchen counter, Ina's rotisserie chicken recipe crisping in the oven (who am I kidding??  We all know I can't cook to save my life!), and going to bed early—these are marks of a "coastal grandmother," the trend currently sweeping across TikTok and Instagram. Really, it's more of a lifestyle than a trend, with Diane Keaton in Something's Gotta Give basically residing as the unofficial muse of the movement.  The phrase brings to mind images of relaxing days spent lounging on a chaise, crisp linen outfits and houses with expansive farmhouse-style kitchens. And, essentially, that's what it is. TikTok user @lexnicoleta, who has been credited with coining the term, said in a video that those who love coastal vibes, recipes and cooking, cozy interiors and more might fit the "coastal grandmother" aesthetic. And no, you don't have to be an actual grandmother to be a coastal one, "it's for anyone and everyone," she said.

She referenced the importance of "slowing down and taking time to enjoy the little things, like flipping through magazines and sipping tea on a Sunday morning or preparing a dinner with the day’s farmer's market finds."  Coastal grandma would approve of a nice California chardonnay or a Long Island rosé savored from simple wine glasses.

"That is the beautiful thing about it — it’s for everyone." Nicoleta also said she feels "passionate" about showcasing how women get better with age.  "We’re sold this bill of goods that says that we peak in our 20s, and then it’s downhill from there," she said.  "This is just simply not the case."

While there have been many valiant attempts to promote “coastal chic” as an alternative to coastal grandmother, @carlyvandyke (youngish; long hair whipped by sea breezes or a rotating fan) has said, “Essentially, I think it comes down to one very important thing. Coastal chic is the ‘cool girl’ version of coastal grandmother … Coastal-chic girls are kind of the girls that are drinking the white wine. And the cocktails. While the coastal grandmothers are drinking their tea, you know what I mean?”
No!  As Lex Nicoleta has repeatedly made clear, Coastal Grandmother drinks so much white wine, she’s a borderline alcoholic. (“Coastal grandmother has nothing to prove,” @monaehendrickson2 commented. “Coastal chic is still trying to impress their 5 Instagram followers.”)

Coastal grandmothers are those who are effortlessly stylish (but in a comfy way), have a put-together presence (without trying too hard), know how to be the best hostess (while never breaking a sweat), and appreciate the finer things (yet still feel approachable). It's also essential to note that you don't have to have grandchildren, nor live on the beach, to be a coastal grandmother. It applies to all ages and locales as long as the classic Superga sneaker fits. (It's the coastal grandmother shoe of choice and also happened to be favored by the late Princess Diana—and, more recently, Kate Middleton.)  Coastal grandmothers wear cashmere and linen, they love to garden, take leisurely walks on the beach when it's slightly windy, and sip white wine while reading on their wraparound front porch.  They cook fresh meals with goods they picked up at the farmers market in their open concept kitchens accessorized with neutral and natural elements like butcher block and rattan.

For those not lucky enough to live in a beach house with a big garden, you can still capture the spirit of the aesthetic by simply dressing for the role. "I would describe it as very neutral, classic staples in light shades ... it's very crisp, very clean," said New York City-based personal stylist Samantha Brown. "It's sort of like a nod to this timeless, moneyed — but not flashy — coastal grandma.

Coastal grandmothers wear neutral-colored chinos, capris so they can easily walk on the beach, cashmere everything (she can afford it), breezy linen, shirt dresses, white turtlenecks (even in Summer!), decorative scarves, classic button-down shirts, light-colored and comfortably sized denim, bucket hats, driving shoes, straw bags, totes, button-down cardigans (tied over the shoulders if it's warm), sun visors, and matching pajama sets (always).



Celebrity book lover Jenna Bush Hager described it as a "breezy beige feel" on The Today Show, and celebrity book-loving icon Oprah is known for this style as well. You can often see images of her reading in her garden with her dogs and in a sensible outfit on her social media pages.  According to personal stylist Christina Stein, stick to earthy tones, like blues, greens, creams, white, beige and light pinks. Essential pieces include cotton long-sleeve shirts, sweaters, cargo pants and hats. Brown added that things like white button-downs, jeans (but not the skinny versions), casual trousers and high-quality tees are other staples. Nicoleta too suggests that trend followers invest in a few staple items, including a white button-down shirt, a bucket hat, a white dress with a delicate silhouette, linen pants or shorts, a cozy sweatshirt, vintage sunglasses and a neutral-toned sandal.



Brown said that while the "coastal grandmother" aesthetic may appeal to a slightly older generation, it's also great for those who have become accustomed to the cozy and fuss-free outfits that made up the majority of our wardrobes over the last couple of years, but still want to look put-together. "It's a step above wearing leggings and a sweater, but it's still very, very easy," Brown said. "It almost comes back to that capsule wardrobe feeling, like really nice basics in neutral colors that can be easily interchanged with each other."
No longer bound by soccer or gymnastic schedules or casseroles or never-ending school drop-offs, the coastal grandmother is free to address new desires. Sleeping off tequila shots on the beach is a bad idea for so many reasons. (The sun exposure! The empty calories!) But the desire to wrap yourself in a cashmere throw and pull on some very soft pants is carnal. 

The reason the style is resonating with people, Nicoleta assumed, is because the public has taken the time to "slow down" ever since the coronavirus pandemic, while focusing on "what makes us truly happy."

A coastal grandmother's home is ideally located in a wealthy beach town in a place like the Hamptons, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, or Newport.  It's likely to be made of wood shingles, and the interior design is crisp, clean, and neutral. Colors are beachy, like blue, and muted. Prints are rare, and often, stripes. Natural elements like straw and rattan are sprinkled throughout.  (you can swoon over the homes from Something's Gotta Give and It's Complicated on www.HookedOnHouses.net.



Is coastal style all that new? Not really. Beachy, shore-inspired style has always been popular, but this current take is more modern and pared-down than in the past, and completely clear of theme-y kitsch-like shells, anchors, and whales. It's less "Ahoy, Matey" nautical prep, and more about cultivating an airy, effortless chic that's informal but polished.



To put yourself in the right mindset, envision the clear and cool natural light you encounter on an early morning walk on the beach. Coastal grandma-style has a duality: It's relaxed yet refined, casual but elevated. It conveys a laid-back luxury that's warm and inviting without being overtly cozy. The lines are clean, and the designs are unembellished and minimal.  

Whether you are ready to commit to coastal grandmother-style with a full room redo or simply wish to join in on the trend by adding a few elements to your existing decor, here's a cheat sheet to getting the look.


Coastal color is a range of subtle simplicity. Start with 50 shades of white, ivory, and cream, all mixed together. Then layer in neutral tones borrowed from nature—stone, sand, sea, and sky. Tan and beige, taupe and greige, and pale, watery blues. Introduce accent colors like deeper blues and shell pink with a very light hand. Use little to no pattern, and keep it simple and abstract if you do.

Home essentials to nail the vibe include a cozy kitchen, a thriving garden, a bowl of lemons and plenty of ginger jars, Nicoleta noted.  In a post on Instagram, tableware and décor brand even Lenox featured simplistic, porcelain bowls and captioned the photo, "Coastal grandmother is here to stay!"

For fabrics, natural fibers like cotton and linen are the go-to choice, from light, gauzy sheers to heavier twills and canvas. For accents, think touchable—chunky knits, nubby bouclés, maybe even some tailored fringe. Varied weaves of natural fibers like rattan, jute, sisal, raffia, and seagrass come into play for accessories, furniture, and rugs. Try adding seagrass baskets  to hold throw blankets or pillows. Woods take their cue from driftwood—light, bleached and whitewashed. Hardware in metals like brushed nickel keep the feeling soft and sophisticated.




For a low-lift-yet-uplifting interpretation of coastal grandma style, fill the air with a fragrance that follows the feeling. Candles poured in colorful beachy blue glass with scents like White Waves and Salted Sands hit the mark in more ways than one. Fragrance oils in scents like linen and sea spray release slowly over time via a diffuser; you can get a similar effect with scented wax cubes melted in a wax warmer.

Gauzy window coverings and rugs in real jute or faux natural fibers are a good way to ground the room with breezy color. A few carefully chosen coastal-inspired accessories can easily fit right into your home. Lush flowers, real or faux, always feel right. Arrange mounds of hydrangeas in a vase or bowl or peonies in a pitcher (all in white porcelain, of course). Treat a tabletop or sideboard to family photos in frames with rope or rattan details and pillar candles in clear glass hurricane holders. Toss a throw in a luxe knit like chenille and some new tactile pillows on a couch or chair—look for neat cotton fringe or substantial knits in a chunky or sweater style. Around the room, you could add a mirror in rustic wood or wicker, or weathered wood lamps with linen shades on end tables, or seagrass baskets for on-trend storage.

For the breeziest bedroom and bath, two words here: White. Cotton. The utter simplicity of coastal style calls for luxury of materials and texture. For towels, choose the plushest cotton you can find and while you're at it, swap out your shower curtain with a tone-on-tone white design. For sheets, go with a high thread count. To finish the look, update your bedframe with an upholstered linen headboard and add a cotton waffle blanket to the foot of the bed.






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